Have you seen the last version of broccoli cheese salad that I showed you? It was Neelys broccoli salad with bacon and cheese. There I talked about how popular is the combination of broccoli, bacon, cheese, red onion and mayonnaise. And I explained that there are many variations of the salad.
Now I want to bring to your attention one more version. It comes from Mr Food and surprises again with creativity. What is it this time?
Sure there are again our favorite broccoli florets, our even more favorite bacon slices, the crispy red onion and the already well known mayonnaise. But this time the focus is not on the dressing, the focus is on the veggie salad. Instead of making a dressing from mayonnaise and Greek yogurt, like it was here, or from mayonnaise and sour cream, like we saw in the Neelys broccoli salad recipe, here we don’t make a dressing. We just mix the vegetables with the mayonnaise and we add some vinegar, which gives a fresher flavor to the whole thing. There are two other interesting differences between the broccoli raisin salad from Mr Food and the other versions.
Which are the different things in the broccoli raisin salad from Mr Food?
The first one are the sunflower kernels. Sunflower kernels are a really good option, if you want to give fullness to your salad, but still keep it as healthy as possible. Sunflower kernels contain fat, so that way you could balance between the mayonnaise and those kernels. Put less mayonnaise and more sunflower kernels in your broccoli salad.
The second really interesting thing about the broccoli raisin salad from Mr Food is the process of preparing the salad. It is quite original, I think. Most of the times we cook the broccoli first, for about 30 seconds, shock them in ice and then add the rest of the ingredients. This time we leave them raw. I think this gives an extra freshness to the salad. The broccoli remain really crunchy and green, they look beautiful in the plate and don’t loose any of their vitamins and nutrition. Maybe this is the healthier version of broccoli bacon salad: with lots of raisins, less mayonnaise and more sunflower kernels.
Speaking about healthy, I think a handful of quinoa would match perfectly the salad structure and taste. What I would also do is replacing the vinegar with orange juice. Orange juice tastes amazing with bacon, you definitely have to try it. But you have to be careful not to make the broccoli salad too sweet. Don’t forget there are raisins there as well. Everything is balance, just be careful with the ingredient’s amount.
Take a look at the summary I made. Go here, if you want to see the full, original version of Mr Food broccoli raisin salad. And don’t forget to have fun! 🙂